Homage to Edward Lear – Bashkim Izano, 12 Star Gallery, Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1, until 19th June 2015
For his first exhibition in England the noted Albanian artist Bashkim Izano was inspired by the paintings which Edward Lear executed whilst travelling through Albania in the mid-19th century. Lear’s romantic, atmospheric works influenced Albanian artists of the time and continue to do so in the present day.
Izano’s very contemporary take on Lear combines the nature and folklore of his native Albania in a dramatic way that reflects the fact that he has also worked as a set designer and painted frescos for several Albanian museums. He was also Professor of Painting at the Academy of Arts in Tirana for a period of years. He now lives in the USA and exhibits there as well as in Albania.
Exhibition open: 10am-6pm, Monday – Friday
This exhibition is organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Albania in United Kingdom and Ireland